Catchers the Miami Marlins Should Target in Free Agency

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 01: Catcher Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 01, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 01: Catcher Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 01, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 10: Travis d’Arnaud #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts after striking out against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game five of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Travis D’arnaud

A long-time number one / number two catcher for the New York Mets, Travis D’arnaud joined the Tampa Bay Rays after six seasons backstopping the Mets in 2019. The move seemed to agree with D’arnaud, who tied a career high this season with 16 homers and set a new high with 69 RBI. In 92 games for the Rays, he hit .263/.323/.459.

Initially drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, D’arnaud was later part of the Toronto Blue Jays system. After getting released by the Mets early this season, he was signed through free agency by the Los Angeles Dodgers for five days when the Rays bought his contract.

D’arnaud has 63 homers and 231 RBI in 500 career major league games, and strikes out less than 20 percent of the time. His 22 percent CS rate is below the league average by six percent, but he’s been just above league average this season.

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